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Huntsville International Airport (KHSV) selected as FAA UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Detection and Mitigation Research Program Test Site

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Huntsville International Airport

“Huntsville International Airport is honored to have been selected by the FAA as one of four airports across the U.S. where UAS Detection and Mitigation Research Program Test Sites will be established”, said Rick Tucker, Huntsville International Airport CEO. “We applaud this decision by the FAA and look forward to hosting a test site at our airport. We are grateful to our partner UAH, to industry partners like COLSA, QuantiTech and Dynetics and to city, county and state leadership for their support and vital roles in this endeavor. We especially want to express our appreciation to Senator Richard Shelby for his efforts regarding HSV’s selection and for his continued support of Huntsville International Airport as we each work to move Alabama forward.”

Rick Tucker, Huntsville International Airport CEO

Huntsville International Airport, in partnership with the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), submitted a proposal to the FAA in the Fall of 2020 encouraging the FAA to select KHSV as an airport operator host for one of four FAA testing and evaluation sites. This proposal demonstrated that the airport and community met and exceeded the criteria outlined in the FAA’s solicitation letter to airports. Given Redstone Arsenal’s capabilities related to UAS and the capabilities available in the Huntsville community to address detection and mitigation of UAS, both militarily as well as commercially in the civilian world, Huntsville International Airport proved to be an ideal selection.

“UAH is proud to be a research partner with the Huntsville International Airport in providing the ideal site for the FAA to test and evaluate detection and mitigation technologies for Unmanned Aircraft Systems”, said UAH President Dr. Darren Dawson. “UAH will leverage its creative and innovative spirit to advance research in UAS operational and threat applications for the FAA as a committed research partner.”

Dr. Darren Dawson, UAH President

“Jerry Hendrix in UAH’s Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center has been working with Huntsville International Airport on this effort for over two years”, said Dr. Bob Lindquist, UAH Vice President for Research and Economic Development. “This project will allow UAH to leverage its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) expertise and engage with the FAA and aviation organizations with superior UAS engineering, research, integration and test capability from all across the United States. UAH is becoming a national leader in UAS research with our UAS work with ASSURE, NASA, DHS and DOD research and our ever-expanding technology exploration in this area.”

Dr. Bob Lindquist, UAH Vice President for Research and Economic Development


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About the Federal Aviation Administration / UAS

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) information related to UAS can be found by clicking here.

FAA Fact Sheets can be found by clicking here.

FAA UAS Research & Development information can be found by clicking here.

Click Here for the FAA Original Announcement to Test and Evaluate Unmanned Aircraft Detection & Mitigation Equipment at Airports.



About the Port of Huntsville

The Port of Huntsville includes the International Intermodal Center, Jetplex Industrial Park and Huntsville International Airport- Carl T. Jones Field (KHSV). KHSV is over 8,000 acres and provides state-of-the-art facilities with the latest in amenities and services. Current facilities include two parallel runways – one 12,600 feet, which is the second-longest runway in the Southeast U.S., and one 10,000 feet – with a 5,000-foot separation that allows for simultaneous takeoffs and landings. Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) are located on all four approaches. Full general aviation services are offered by the fixed base operator, Signature Flight Support. The Airport provides 57 general aviation hangars, five corporate hangars, and 24 T-hangars on-site for aircraft storage. Huntsville International Airport, together with the International Intermodal Center, has clearly established itself as an important international air cargo gateway handling the only scheduled international flights in the State of Alabama.  Quick links to supplemental information about the operations at the Port of Huntsville can be found below:

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